1. Gaps are filled quickly
As many would have experienced, unexpected resignations happen frequently in the workplace, which can inundate employees with extra work. A resignation can cause plenty of chaos in the workplace, but if you decide to bring in a contractor this can quickly and conveniently fill that vacant position (relieving the stress of your employees!). Contractors are ideal as they have the key skills and can start at a short notice — sounds like a win-win if we’re concerned.
2. Contractors can be trialled
Instead of going out on a limb with a permanent employee, companies might find it more beneficial to hire a contractor to see how they’ll fit into their work culture. It’s imperative that employees — both new and old — get along like a house on fire. It also makes for a more enjoyable work environment, and by hiring a contractor, your company can essentially test the goods before locking anything permanent in.
3. Projects are completed efficiently
If you hire a contractor with a specific skill set, more than likely, they’ll be able to complete top-notch projects for your business. Unlike permanent employees, they won’t be inundated with a constant stream of chain emails or loads of (hilariously inappropriate) messages from the team. They’ll simply just get their sh!t done.
1. Contractors are expensive
When it comes to contractors, one of their downsides is their hourly pay, as it’s much higher than full-timer rates. But keep in mind that this is only considered a negative if you’re looking to keep a contractor on for an extended period. For contractors, think: the shorter time period, the better — your wallet will thank you later.
2. Integrating contractors into your company culture is difficult
Because contractors are simply filling a gap or working on a project within a small time frame, it’s challenging to integrate them into your company’s work culture. It takes time to build rapport; whether that be chit-chatting about your weekend or getting in on the harmless office banter, it helps to feel part of a team. By hiring a contractor, your office could feel slightly disjointed.
1. Permanent employees keep the intellectual property inhouse
Hiring a permanent employee instead of a contractor could be more suitable if your company likes to keep the intellectual property in-house and from leaking out into the abyss of your industry. With permanent employees, you can rest assured knowing that your top-secret information will be kept private. Snitches get stitches.
2. Chance to build a tight knit team
There’s nothing like having a tight knit team who work hard together and achieve great new heights! Work hard play hard, right? It makes sense because permanent employees understand they’ll be in their roles for a long time and want to make good impressions, interact with colleagues, and find happiness at work. So, it’s understandable that a permanent employee will make more of an effort to form close bonds.
3. Gain more knowledge
If you hire a permanent employee, they will naturally gain more knowledge about the industry and business they’re working for, which will become valuable for your company. A permanent worker will soak up useful information over a long duration and become an invaluable member of your company.
1. Might upset the team with an external hire
Teamwork makes the dream work. And you wouldn’t want to upset the team, would you? If you do a quick external hire, the team might take offence especially if the role could have been hired internally or a valued employee could have been promoted.
2. The risk of a bad fit
Hiring a permanent employee can be a mistake if you discover they’re the wrong fit for your business. However, if you’ve hired a contractor, there isn’t a risk because their contract will expire (obviously!)
So, whether you’re looking to hire a contract or a permanent position, look no further than JDP! You know where to find us.
Psst! Want to hear some of our hiring horror stories?
“I’ve had candidates who asked for $1000 per day, and they declined the role because I could only get them $950.”
“I had a contractor tell me he was happy to proceed, but he wouldn’t be interviewing as he didn’t have the time but assured me, he was qualified.”
“I had a contractor who didn’t show, because he received an extra $100 a day for a new contract. He was 3 weeks into a six-month contract. No notice. Just didn’t show up. Some might call them mercenaries.”